As Mr. Regular will tell you, the Chevette was a response to the oil crisis back in the early 1970s. As such, it was engineered to keep things simple so that maintenance was cheaper, it was more fuel-efficient and made traveling cheaper, and it was cheaply built.
It’s easy to see the correlation between the identity of the Chevette and the definition of “cheap.” This is certainly not what Chevrolet had in mind when they named the car, though, as they had hoped that the name Chevette would remind people of the actual Corvette and lead to higher sales. While this probably wasn’t the case, Chevrolet did end up selling 2.8 million units during the 12 year life-cycle of the Chevette, so it was by no means a complete sales failure.
For fun, the little Chevette also made a pull on a dyno. We won’t spoil the output, but we promise it’s the highlight of the video.